Is obsession the key to mastering anything?

Some people seem to fall into something and it just sticks with them. It happened to me once. I went…

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Some people seem to fall into something and it just sticks with them. It happened to me once. I went through a phase where I was rock climbing everyday for more than 2 hours a day sometimes 4 hours. I fell in love with it. Right after work I would rush over to my indoor gym and traverse the wall as a warm up. Then jump on some bouldering problems.

In three months I was able to do V4’s and V5’s regularly. I was obsessed. I would think about a route all day, going over different ways to conquer it in my head. I was thinking about it 24/7. Eventually I started climbing outdoors.

After two years my passion for rock climbing cooled down. Now I don’t even have a membership to an indoor rock climbing gym. I still enjoy rock climbing I just don’t do it as much.

The first time I went rock climbing was because I found a Groupon deal for a local rock climbing gym. I didn’t expect to be completely obsessed with it. It fell into and it stuck with me.

Being obsessed was what allowed me to progress and get better at rock climbing at a rapid pace. It wasn’t forced. I would definitely not be considered a rock climbing master but after my experience I understood that a key ingredient to mastering something is an unrelenting obsession.

What if you want to master something that you’re not crazy about? Can you fake it until you make it? Will an artificial obsession eventually become genuine?

Let me know what you think.

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